The St.Kitts-Nevis Team UNITY Government recognizes that decisions need to be informed by the perspectives of young people because young people have innovative ideas and new perspectives on the challenges we all face today. Young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow. They are leaders today.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth the Hon. Shawn K. Richards is currently in UGANDA attending the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting which starts today August 2 and runs until August 4th where he will help advance St.Kitts-Nevis’ international agenda in support of youth.
The high-level summit, held every four years, comes as the world’s youth population reaches a record 1.8 billion people aged 15 to 29. Today the youth sector stands at a crossroads, with pressure on governments to do more for their young citizens with fewer resources, and growing aspirations by young people to contribute to their societies.
The theme of the meeting is ‘Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People’. It will enable government ministers and senior officials to share good practices, debate emerging issues, take stock of pioneering Commonwealth initiatives and forge new partnerships for resourcing youth development. Ministers will engage directly with young leaders and youth sector stakeholders to ensure multiple perspectives are included in decision-making.